Rohingya Mourns Community Leader’s Death in Bangladesh

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh lost their prominent community leader. Mohib Ullah, a Rohingya activist who fought for the rights of the Rohingya internationally, was shot dead on Wednesday (9/29/2021) at Camp Kutopalong.

Mohib Ullah
Activist, community leader, and advocate for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh Mohib Ullah. (AFP/Munir Uz Zaman)

ACTNews, COX'S BAZAR – Mohib Ullah (48) used to visit one shelter to another around the Cox's Bazar to record killings, rape, and arson to be shared with international investigators. He was a prominent activist who had fought for the rights of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. In fact, Mohib Ullah represented the Rohingya community at the UN Human Rights Council in 2019 to advocate for the Rohingya.

Sadly, his fight ended on Wednesday (29/9/2021) night when he was shot dead by an unknown person in his office in Camp Kutupalong. His death has left the Rohingya refugees in mourning after losing their leader and defender.

Saad Hammadi, Amnesty International's South Asia Campaigner said that Mohib Ullah’s death affects the whole Rohingya refugee community.  He urged the authorities to investigate Mohib Ullah's death and work to ensure the safety of the refugees' lives.

“We call on the Bangladeshi authorities and the UN Refugee Agency to work together to ensure the protection of people in the camps, including refugees, civil society activists and humanitarian workers from both the Rohingya and host community, many of whom have shared concerns about their safety," Hammadi said in a statement.

In an interview with Reuters in 2019, Mohib Ullah was aware that his own life becomes a target of hardliners. "If I die, I'm fine. I will give my life," he said at the time.

There are hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Camp Kutupalong is the largest refugee camp where many of its inhabitants have been living in deprivation, from the lack of proper food to medical service. []